Kyiv’s Petrivka Book Market is the largest outdoor market for literature in Ukraine. A lot of smuggled and pirated books end up on the vendors’ stock. While facing some of the universal challenges of publishing — like piracy and declining reading habits — the Ukrainian book industry has some extraContinue Reading

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Protesters gather at the Zhovtneva Revolution Square (now Independence Square) to support Ukraine’s independence in Kyiv on Aug.24, 1991. The sign says "Ukraine leaves the USSR." EDMONTON, Canada — In June 1991, Tatyana Vorobyova received a ticket that changed her life. Vorobyova, then a 35-year old Soviet citizen, left KyivContinue Reading

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has been supportive of media freedom during his first months in office. The president speaks to the media after casting his ballot at a polling station during Ukraine’s parliamentary election in Kyiv on July 21, 2019. He has only been president since May 20, but inContinue Reading

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Women hold placards at the International Women`s Day march for equal rights in Kyiv on March 8, 2018. On Jan. 11 the Ukrainian parliament criminalized domestic violence and redefined legal understanding of rape as sex without consent. Laws have the power to free and oppress, to advance societies or holdContinue Reading

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A EuroMaidan Revolution rally on Dec. 15, 2013, drew a crowd estimated at more than 200,000 people, taking up Khreshchatyk Street and the hillside overlooking Maidan Nezalezhnosti. The revolution came to an end on Feb. 22, 2014, when President Viktor Yanukovych fled power after four years of corrupt, authoritarian ruleContinue Reading

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Andriy Bohdan, a lawyer and adviser to new President Zelenskiy, arrives for a news conference in front of the Presidential Administration headquarters in Kyiv on May 21, 2019. Earlier this month, after President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office misled journalists with a hoax that Chief of Staff Andriy Bohdan was resigning, BohdanContinue Reading

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French President Emmanuel Macron (L) welcomes Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky (R) before their meeting at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris on June 17, 2019 in Paris. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has joined the recent discussion about Russia’s possible return to the Group of Seven by expressing gratitude to countriesContinue Reading

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A Ukrainian paratrooper with the 79th Airborne Brigade demonstrates his sleeve patch depicting a stylized parachute during airdrop drills on June 19, 2016. The airborne branch of Ukraine’s armed forces has a new top commander: Major General Yevhen Moysiuk. Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak appointed Moysiuk to this new position onContinue Reading

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during their joint press conference on Aug. 19, 2019, in Kyiv. As Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepared to honor the victims of the Holocaust on Aug. 19 in Kyiv, Ukraine’s leader calledContinue Reading

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Pavlo Vovk, a judge of the Kyiv District Administrative Court. (Vovk’s Facebook account). The High Council of Justice on Aug. 20 refused to suspend a top judge who faces charges of obstructing justice and issuing unlawful rulings. The judge, Pavlo Vovk, said he had resigned as head of the KyivContinue Reading

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